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Old Posted Jul 17, 2017, 9:34 PM
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City of Hamilton General Discussion Thread

City of Hamilton General Discussion Thread

So after some discussion with one of the mods, SteelTown, it was agreed to make a general discussion thead.

This would be a place to talk about recommendations for the downtown core, like if you see vacant lots, are unhappy about looks of specific parts of the city, have ideas for areas of the city etc. I mean who knows maybe developers will even read some of the ideas and get some of their own!

Or heck if you just want to rant and it's just not appropriate to do so in any specific project thread

Or I dunno.. just talk about yourself hehe.. introduce yourself, talk about projects you're working on that might tie into the city etc.

Some advice from SteelTown though:

"Try not to go over topic, especially if it should be posted on the specific project. We like to keep it in a chronological order, kinda neat to see how a project started and ended. "
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Old Posted Jul 17, 2017, 11:01 PM
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well.. I guess I'll start..

My name is shawn, I'm 33, I've lived in stoney creek most of my life - now live in the east end - I have computer and architectural background, and I do a lot of research on the history of the city.

I am also an artist, and I have started a pattern of showcasing my artwork in the buildings that are being renovated downtown - the first being a jamaican restaurant on king william, which led to connections at the lister block, which led to connections at the james st general store. From there I branched off into toronto, showcasing my work in various places, notably the nuit events - first nuit rose and then 2 nuit blanche events.

Then I took a year off to unwind, and now I am showcasing my work at the old Buttinskys/grapes & things/capitol theatre, which is being renovated to be the kings and queens gallery lounge.

I am pretty knowledgeable about buildings and their locations in hamilton from the 1800s on, although my knowledge base is of course always growing

you can find out more about me by going to my website in my signature and going to the about section - more links for my stuff there

My vision for hamilton would be a sister city of sorts to toronto - not one to sit in its shadow but one to stand on its own - one with a vision of its own combining old architecture with the new, but keeping that small city vibe that toronto has lost.

My current aim is to see the old Robinsons lot beside the CIBC downtown replaced with something impactful - now that the gore is getting the attention it needs I feel all the "teeth" in hamilton should be filled.

Also there are many buildings downtown with the facades falling off - cornices, dormers, arches etc. It would be nice to see the city take initiative and either pressure the people who own these buildings to fix them, like they do in a heritage city like niagara on the lake, or fix them themselves.

Also maintenance of finishes, cleaning buildings should also be a priority of the city - buildings like the lister block whose outside is already starting to become dirty - just simple city maintenance - heck the city OWNs that building, so no excuse on that one!

Just my 2 cents.
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